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>> barack obama calls for compromise as the u.s. approaches the brink of another economic crisis. in a rare appearance on a u.s. talk show he appealed to congress to make a deal to avoid tipping the country into recession. you're watching al-jazeera live from london. also coming up, 21 policemen are buried in pakistan after being kidnap and shot by the taliban. anger and grief in india. candlelit vigils continue as the 22-year-old gang rape victim is cremated. plus moments of impact -- amateur video captures a russian plane after it overshoots a runway and crashes into a motorway. hello, president obama has made another appeal to the u.s. congress to reach an agreement in the next 48 hours to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. it's a term used to describe the expiry of tax cuts dating back to 2001. if there is no deal, 88% of americans will end up paying $400 billion more in 2014. that will be coupled with more than a trillion dollars in automatic government spending cuts. according to the congressional budget office it will start with $200 billion in military and social welfare c
in northwest. healthpeak to the world organization piece a director for the eastern mediterranean joining us now on the telephone from cairo. the deaths of nine health workers in 24 hours in pakistan is surely an alarming six ways and. >> very tragic. this is really a sad day for global health, but said they also for the children in pakistan. we joined the government of pakistan in condemning the killings that have been taking place over the last three days. >> while you are condemning the killings taking place in pakistan, why weren't these volunteers putting their lives at risk and in fact, polio workers have been threatened in the past, why weren't they given adequate protection? >> the government of pakistan is organizing these campaigns with support of the world health organization, unicef, international partners. we do our very best to protect all polio workers in pakistan. but you know, this is a huge country and the government of pakistan is of course organizing these campaigns. >> but this is a campaign backed by the united nations and the world health organization. why isn't the wo
of the people but also of the french people. >> following that speech for us was our correspondent who explains now why president hollande avoided a more specific apology. >> it seems as though he is taking the route of truth than apologies or using the word sorry, because that would be very difficult for french people to swallow because after all suffering. these were people whose parents, grandparents, and great grandparents were born in algeria. president hollande would have alienated all those people and not done justice to their memories or their suffering if he came out with a one-sided apology. what he did do was in clear, unequivocal terms acknowledging the crimes of the past. >> it is about as gloomy as a prediction that could have been made about syria. >> we do not see any prospect of any end of violence or political dialogue to start. >> he also said he is worried about atrocities being committed by both sides then theya uninvestigation has found rebel fighters. the secretary expressed support. this video is said to show rebels detaining fighters in a refugee camp. these pictures ar
korea telex its first female president. she has pledged to help the ailing economy. >>> u.s. president barack obama says he wants concrete proposals on gun control presented to him by the end of next month. >> after the school shooting and connecticut, president obama said he was prepared to put the full weight of his office behind this issue. we now know how he plans to do that. these are the victims, three more children buried in newtown, conn., today, a teacher who tried to save them laid to rest as well. now politicians are talking about how to prevent another mass killing of children in their classrooms. >> we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try. >> not president obama has put vice president joe biden in charge, saying that he will outline his proposals next month. >> the good news is there is a growing consensus to build on, with a majority of support banning the sale of military- style assault weapons, a majority support the ammunition clips. that the president says that gun-control legislation will be part of it, but he is not saying, and nobody asked, if he is considerin
. and the head of the u.s. gold lobby goes on -- the u.s. gun lobby goes on television to defend his position that guns should be in every school. and trouble in south africa. hello there. welcome to the program. all they were trying to do was buy bread. it turned into a tragedy in central syria. dozens of people are reported to have died when the bakery they were queuing at was destroyed. the un envoy arrived in syria for more talks. we have this. >> panic, chaos, anger. this is the aftermath of what the opposition says was an air strike carried out by a syrian fighter jet. those killed and wounded were queueing outside a bakery. only five days ago, this area was under the control of government forces. the rebels recently opened a new battle for this section of central syria. the state still has superior firepower to the strike back. the government says it is willing to engage in dialogue, but the other side is not. >> i have general advice. time is getting short. hurry and move toward us. these military efforts to topple the government are not getting rid of the president or occupying the c
career. police have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds. people have been voicing anger over the gang rape of a 22-year- old woman. protesters are demanding the death penalty for those accused of the rape as well as better protection for women in india. let's get the latest from new delhi. what is happening now? >> the protesters are very upset. they have been going to protest against the gang rape. they are saying groups with political ambitions have taken over. that is what caused the costs. there has been police retaliation with teargas and water cannons. the situation is very tense. >> what about the prospect for the trial itself? i imagine the public outcry will put some pressure on the process of justice. >> justice is so delayed. these people want some kind of justice. hopefully this will bring some form of justice. the conviction rate for rape cases is very low, around 26%. these people want a speedy trial for this particular case as well as other cases. there are 40,000 rape cases pending in the court. they are saying it is not good enough. >> an awful attack ha
are expected in anbar province. they are demanding the release of sunni prisoners. tell us more about the explosions in iraq. who was targeted? a was carrying them out? -- who was carrying them out? >> we are getting conflicting reports about who the target was. the houses were demolished because of an improvised explosive device. one house belongs to an iraqi police officer. the other two might have been used as a place where shia pilgrims rest on their journeys towards the police city of karbala -- holy city of karbala. there might be a sectarian element in these bombings. it is not confirmed yet. other reports of violence in different parts of iraq and the eastern area -- we understand there was a local tribal chief who was killed. also, a local official targeted in the other province. >> there has been increasing tax -- increasing sectarian tension. nouri al-maliki is blaming foreign countries for that. why is he saying that? >> he is saying it because of the protests that have been going on for the last 10 days in difference in the areas. he did say that the protests started dema
, and welcome to al jazeera live from doha. these are our top stories. a desperate syrian father tells us why he tried to kill his own child during his escape to lebanon. 's plans be aware, china posse to force them to reveal their names. the deaf -- the members accused of the death of an gresham lawyer has been acquitted. -- russian lawyer has been acquitted. >> thousand people are in the streets in iraq to protest against the government. now, these are live pictures. the minority sunni moslem community accusing the she opera minister nora al-maliki of discrimination and refusing to share power. this is the live pictures out of northern iraq. our correspondent joins me now from the town of ramadi. the protests are very large and are continuing. they seem to have blocked a key highway. how do you assess the size of the crowds in relation to what they are demonstrating about? >> i think the rumble of the crowd is very big because the picture you are seeing is one angle. the other side of the bridge -- i do not know if you can see the bridge is -- there are also thousands of people gathered here i
to fishermen about the increasing dangers of working in disputed waters. >> u.s. president barack obama says he still hopes congress can reach agreement to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. obama met congressional leaders at the white house on friday to discuss a deal. he said the talks were constructive, but did issue a warning on behalf of the american people, demanding congress take action. >> america wonders why it is that in this town, for some reason, you cannot get stuff done in an organized time table, where everything has to wait till the last minute. we are now of the last minute. in the american people are not going to have any patients for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> the president said he was modestly optimistic that the january 1 deadline for the fiscal cliff could be averted, but that is contingent on a vote in the senate on a compromise bill, and that will have to get an up or down vote. there is a majority for that, with some tax increases for upper-income people. the question is what level would be acceptable to republicans. more crucial to that is, w
lobby wants armed guards at every school in the u.s. the national rifle association came a week after 20 young children and six duments were killed. >> 26 bell tolls for the moment the shooting happened a week ago. washington, d.c. protestorses toled with security outside the national rifle association event. inside two protestors disrupted proceedings twice. the n.r.a. is a powerful lobby inner the constitutional rights to bear arms. n.r.a. speakers marked the start of a serious national conversation to prevent school shootings. their main idea, more guns in schools. >> the only way -- the only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and informsed in a plan of absolutely protection. the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> the n.r.a. is launching a national school shield program to work with schools to beef up security on sight. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> this was less of a press conference, mo
place. the government enjoys air superiority and is using it without reserve. but these rebel fighters are already getting ready for a full series. they are training for the creation of a future syrian army. >> after liberating several areas, our thinking is that it shifted the for the syrian national army. our main goal is to topple the regime of, but we need to find an alternative to a takeover. >> organized and eager. they have inherited a lot. >> thousands of people have taken to the streets for the third time this week, protesting a number of arrests, targeting city officials. >> thousands have taken -- the ministers bodyguards are arrested, accusing the government of being sectarian. >> this crowd is not political or sectarian, but represents everyone became for the marginal elevation. when we say the injustices happen, it doesn't mean we want to take the country to a civil war. >> the governor of the prime minister has denied allegations of adopting sectarian policies. >> this is an effort to return the sectarian divide after they lost voters and the continuous failure. therefor
of the u.s. gun moll goes on television to defend his call for armed guards in every school. they are helping keep kids out of trouble in south africa. welcome to the program. all they were trying to do was buy bread. this has turned into a tragedy in central syria. dozens of people are said to have died at the bakery was hit by a government air strike. this is as they arrived in damascus for more talks aimed at ending the violence. >> panic, chaos, anger. this is the aftermath of what the opposition says was an air strike carried out by a syrian fighter jet. the observatory for human rights says those killed and wounded were queueing outside a bakery. only five days ago it was under the control of government forces. in the rebels recently opened a new battlefront and this region of hama. territorial gains mean little when the states still have superior firepower to strike back. the information minister said the government is willing to engage a in dialogue but the other side is not. >> i have a general advice to those powers that reject. time is getting short. curry and mov
. thousands of people take to the streets of egypt us second city of defence on religion and the constitution. at 1-year mandate for mali. the go-ahead for national troops. at no end, the standoff for washington. republican plans to avert a fiscal crisis fails to win back supsupport in the white house. at least 30 people have been killed in southeastern kenya. the deaths in the region are being blamed on tribal fighting between the two communities. more now from al jazeera -- nazanineazeera's moshiri. >> a victims are at least five children, five women. many people injured as well. enya's red cross says they have managed to evacuate 16 seriously injured to a town on the coast. they are still searching in the area for more victims. at the heart of this is land. this is the arid area, water is scarce. grazing land is scarce as well. the orma on the one side, her on the other side the pastor list -- the pokomo back in august and september, hundreds were injured and thousands were replaced. also part of this our politics. kenya is heading for a presidential election in march, 2013, and the politi
it plan b. tax cut aimed atmi keeping the u.s. from the fiscal cliff. the plan is expected to be rejected by the senate. if the parties cannot agree by the end of the year, many are predicting chaos. >> it is an exercise in republican vote counting that will not result in anything for the american people. it cannot pass the senate. the president would veto it if it got to his desk. plan b, which is the only thing the house of representatives and the republicans are focused on now, a multi day exercise in utility, at a time when we do not have the luxury of exercises in futility. >> president obama and senate democrats have not done much of anything. their plan b is to slow what does over the fiscal cliff. for weeks they said they would make substantial expansions on spending cuts. i did my part. they have done nothing. >> the stalemate is moving the u.s. economy towards a so-called who fiscal cliff if agreement cannot be reached. it is expected to cause the economy to shrink close to 4% of gross domestic product. some fear it will lead to a recession. many economists are calling for a lon
in afghanistan. the u.s. contractor is killed. plus -- india's prime minister appeals for calm after a second day of violent street protests. plus, bringing life to the desert. qatar brings ca hopes for those struggling to grow their own food. syria's president bashar al- assad says his government will do whatever it can to end the crisis in syria. his comments on state tv followed a meeting of the u.n. peace envoy to syria lakdar brahimi. he also says he is cooperating with lakdar brahimi, who is on a two-day visit. it coincides with a missile strike. scores of civilians killed in the attack. in the northern city of aleppo rebel fighters say they captured a military base. russia's foreign minister says he received guarantees from president assad he will not use chemical weapons against rebels. >> i met president assad and we exchanged views on the next steps that can be taken to move forward. the president spoke of his viewpoint and i told of what i gathered from my many meetings i of that indifference cities and with various officials in the region and outside the region. we also discussed the
and is using it without preserve -- reserve. but these rebel fighters in the suburbs of damascus are getting ready. they are training here for a future syrian army. cracks after liberating several areas and the total control of other areas, we have now shifted toward building a new foundation for the syrian national army. our main goal is to topple the regime, the alternative to take over -- but we must find an alternative to take over. >> their target is clear. the basic training lasts up to 45 days and then these men are dispatched to the battlefield. they know if they win, they will inherit their country. >> pakistan is marking the to anniversary of the death of former prime minister benazir bhutto. she was killed in a suicide attack at an election rally. no one has ever been convicted of her killing. thousands of people are gathering at the family mausoleum for a commemoration. thursday's events are expected to launch the political career of her son. elections are expected in the next. few next he is the co-chairman of the pakistan people's party along with his father. he is still too yo
the region. a female afghan police officer has shot dead a u.s. contractor. the killing is thought to be the first insider attack by a female. there are attack happened inside kabul's central police station. a policewoman named nargis shot the advisor. it will concern nato officials. although there is still only a small proportion of the country's 350,000 security forces that are gradually taking over security from nato. >> if the united states and afghanistan slows down its training efforts, its joint training capabilities and capacity building up security forces then both the afghan government and the united states will be doing exactly what the enemies want. >> there has been some progress in peace efforts to the afghan government and the taliban. last month negotiators secured pakistan's coop trying help with the process. representatives of the taliban, the afghan government met face-to-face. president karzai announced plans for an office in qatar. karzai heads to the united states next month to discuss the u.s. presence here through 2014 and beyond. others will withdraw their
after bhutto's assassination. the son makes his debut. >> u.s. lawmakers give thems a last chance to stop the falling off the fiscal cliff. it's no deal has been actually reached. budget cuts and tax hikes will tax place on january the 1st. >> president barack obama returned to washington deeply meyered in another partisan stalemate. but over in the capitol the lower house of congress remains dark to avert the fiscal cliff. it's republican leader will call the session on sunday. the top senate said his branch of congress must take the initiative on a compromise. >> it appears to me the action if there is any is now on the senate and we will have to see if we're able on a bipartisan to move forward. >> but the democrats say there can be no deal without republican concessions on tax increases. >> unless we get a sign-off from the republicans in the house, we can't get anything done. for them to talk about a bipartisan arrangement, we have done that. >> without a deal, the mediate effect would billion a tax hike. relief checks to $2 million -- 2 million onamericans would also cut, po
act now to avoid economic disaster in the u.s. women march for peace and the central african republic as advancing rebels prepare for talks with the government. 4 die when a russian airplane crashes onto the highway in moscow. >>> for 13 days, doctors had fought to keep her alive but her injuries were too severe. now the six men accused of gang raping the 23-year-old woman in india are being charged with murder. she was thrown from a moving bus after being assaulted. thousands of people have called for more to be done to protect indian women against sexual violence. from new delhi, we have this report. >> they came and the hundreds to mourn the young woman brutalized and to show their anger to lawrence the authorities who have not year -- show their anger towards the authorities. the chief minister had already described it as a shameful moment for india, but that did not spare them the rest of the crowd. >> we need to do something because we have too much on the establishment and they have let us down. >> the government has been trying to put off protesters by sealing off large parts
for joining us. heavily-armed police have evacuated a church where mourners had gathered in at the wake of the u.s. school shooting. president barack obama is preparing to travel to midtown -- to newtown to console the families of the victims that include 20 children. john, what do we actually know right now about this threat? >> i am not sure that i would make all that much of it. i am afraid to say that bomb threats are a way of life in this country when there is a major and national story on. people tend to take it upon themselves to do this kind of thing. nonetheless, this is the catholic church behind me and there was a service going on on sunday morning when the world's media count out outside, including al jazeera english, so people running out looking quite frightened. we're told there was a bomb threat. we have pictures of this. you can see from these pictures the police and military turning up in serious-looking vehicles and sealing off the church and they are still presently conducting a search. they also searched a school situated near by the church building. no word whether
grace emily jack god has called them all home. for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> in his emotional speech, he showed he can talk the talk when it comes to gun control issues. now comes the hard part -- convincing politicians that this massacre means it's finally time to change. al-jazeera, newton, connecticut. >> the u.s. has been reluctant to oppose restrictions compared to other countries. last year, killing 77 people in norway, a country with far tighter regulations and they have since tightened their terror laws and finland had made a choir to acquire handguns. in 1996, a mass shooting in tasmania left 35 people did. they have not seen a big decline in gun related deaths. that same year, a massacre in scotland leaving 17 people dead. it led to laws which effectively make it illegal to own a handgun in the united kingdom. guy smith is a gun owner and civil libertarian. he says the right to bear arms in the u.s. is a constitutional right. >> it is somewhat of a misnomer that we have a gun culture. we hav
these here, pushing down towards panama. this is the way it should stay for us through cuba, as well, as a go into monday and tuesday. meanwhile, further south, showers. as we go through monday, we will see plenty of them in the northern parts of argentina. behind it, it will turn a lot fresher. the turkish prime minister says the war in syria will soon be over. there are refugee camps on the border. protesters in india have been calling for harsher outcomes. they have been in the capital. they gathered in new delhi over the death of a 22-year-old gang rape victim. they have been charged with murder after she died from her injuries. she had been receiving medical attention. there was every security -- heavy security. in the central african republic, and they are reporting to be only one away from the capital. rebels advanced on saturday. they already had control of four regional capitals. rebels have rejected offers to negotiate. more violence in iraq, where muslims are continuing to demonstrate against the government. they have been protesting against the prime minister, who they say it is a
♪ >> a bomb threat at a u.s. church just hours before president obama joins mourners in connecticut. ♪ the church was evacuated as heavily armed security forces moved in. hello, there. coming up -- the french foreign minister calls time on the syrian president. outside damascus, french forces killed 25 people in a palestinian territory. the japanese conservative party crushed its components. the website that reveals how heavily london was bombed in world war ii. hello, there, thank you for joining us. heavily armed police have evacuate a church where mourners had gathered in the wake of u.s. school shootings. they searched the house next door after receiving a bomb threat. president barack obama is preparing to travel to a new town to console the grieving relatives of the 27 victims. joan is live for us in new town. what do we know about this threat that the >> i am not sure that i would make that much of it. i am afraid to say that bomb threats are a way of life in this country. when there is a major national story, people take it upon themselves to do this kind of thing. nonethe
. police say he had a long criminal record. the killing of the fireman has been making headlines in the u.s. where the gun has killed the innocent. >> it is really heartbreaking for these families and is people, and what they have to go through, and so close to a holiday. >> the shooting comes over one week after adam lanza killed 20 people at a school in newtown, connecticut, sparking a debate about gun nuts. >> we not only have to get a handle on gun control, but the mental health issue. we have been turning people lose, and i think we have gone too far. there are people that need to be in institutions that are a danger to themselves or others. >> president obama has announced a task force to look into gun control, and several members of congress are planning bills for the new year. some say it should not be so easy to buy a deadly weapon, but the gun lobby has made it clear they do not intend to give up the right to bear arms but with more innocent people die in by the bullet, something will need to be done. >> the people of newtown, connecticut, are observing a somber christmas. support
the attack. has been vocal against campaign -- vaccinations. >> they think the vaccine was used for identifying -- how this was used in case of locating osama bin laden. i think after that, this kind -- they became more targets of the taliban >> the government suspended at the vaccination campaign in karachi. this is not the first time they have targeted vaccination programs. in july, while local volunteer were shot and two volunteers were wounded. the government, along with un agencies, is on a campaign to immunize 34 million children under the age of 35. with health workers being attacked, eradicating the disease by the end of the year is looking very unlikely. certain communities and pakistan have long been suspicious of vaccination campaigns, particularly those run by foreign agencies over fears the vaccine may cause harm. with the taliban concerned these campaigns are a front for intelligence-gathering, many health experts fear not only more violence against their workers but a sharp increase in the number of young people contracting preventable diseases. >> the united stat
margin? >> if the constitution passes it must be something like 8 2/3 majority. this will rule all of us up for god knows how long. >> some argue that the opposition has already run by managing to lay down ford in the legitimacy of this process. they can count on is going into alexian's. many say they stand to gain nothing. >> she mentioned the election. that is the big focus. >> indeed. if the referendum does result in a yes vote the next stage is another election within 60 days. the president will have to call new parliamentary elections. once again the focus in that campaign will still be a debate about the constitution. the constitution that would appear that nearly as many as half of those and have voted had rejected it. the decree by which this draft constitution is passed will have an immense impact on the political debate that we are likely to see in coming weeks. >> thank you very much. syrian activists say the army is shelving several districts in the capital. the syrian observatory group and dozens more were wounded in the attack. heavy fighting has also been reported next to
you tell us about what was said and how is he being received? >> we have seen a confident jacob zuma. he was doing what he does so well. he has the talent for waking up a room. the anc has a lot of issues to deal with and a lot of infighting. when coverage started, some delegates stood up and had issues with the president and the anc. he was cleverly told to be quiet. we are seeing some people who were booing him in the background. people are happy with this conference. what is he going to say in his speech to convince people that he is the right man for the job? the speech will be important in terms of the tone and content of it. will it in a fight and fight a party, or will it alienate political opponents even more? >> this is not just a stomping exercise. he is being opposed by his deputy. what are the implications should he lose? >> if he loses, it shows the party is really divided. it shows he is not popular within certain delegates in the anc. analysts say he probably will not lose. we are hearing from people who are worried about vote rigging and intimidation. will they be all
in the distance behind me. it is not far away, but the journey is dangerous. the boats used are often in battered conditions and at this time of year, the seas can be very rough. not everyone makes it across. more than 20 drowned from this group and here is the only survivor who was finished half dead out of the sea by the greek coastguard. they're now trying to call friends and family to tell them he is alive. he is receiving counseling, but he seems very confused about what to do next. meanwhile, more and more syrians are arriving in athens who know no one in this city and to speak. greek. he ran away from the government army. >> every day, like yesterday and tomorrow, i just wait and speak on the internet with my close friends just in case i hear news from the fall. >> there are also syrian families crowded in basements. one of six children traveling with their mother. athens is not what they hoped it would be. >> no charities, nothing to help us. weird is going from cold and hungry, a place to place. >> as long as the war continues, people will carry on trying to reach greece the matter how i
they have been telling us -- the gross domestic product of africa. baby more than 100,000 turtles have been released in bolivia as part of a conservation project. the plan is to release 4 million hatchlings. the turtle population has dwindled because of excessive hunting by indigenous communities. if the baby turtles make it to adulthood, it c
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